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Ship Breaker | [Paolo Bacigalupi]

Ship Breaker

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Nebula Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi has made a name for himself writing stories set in a bleak near-future following an environmental collapse. A more timely novel could not exist than his latest, Ship Breaker, his first Young Adult offering and possibly his strongest work to date. Narrator Joshua Swanson brings precisely the young, street-wise performance needed to carry this story.

Nailer Lopez is fighting to survive in a devastated world, doing the only work a boy on the verge of manhood can do — "light crew" duty as a ship breaker, salvaging copper wire from the rusting hulks of tankers left wrecked on America's Gulf Coast. Every day is a struggle to make quota and find the best salvage to stay in the good graces of his crew. There is always the hope of the big score: a pocket of petroleum, precious fuel in an age of exhausted wells, drowned cities, and risen seas, where any energy source is precious.

When Nailer and his best friend Pima come across the find of a lifetime, a salvage that could buy him freedom not just from the brutality of light crew but from his abusive father as well, there's only one problem — it comes with a swank, a rich girl named Nita. Nita has value just like everything else, and Nailer is faced with a choice: keep her ship and buy his independence, or he can go the far more dangerous — but possibly more profitable — route and help her. Nailer, Pima, and the identity of newly nick-named "Lucky Girl" are always on the edge of discovery by Nailer's drug-addicted father, his crew, and the genetically augmented "half-man", Tool.

Joshua Swanson was well cast. His style is wholly appropriate to a dystopia, and he is completely convincing as he takes us through Nailer's dilemmas and perils. This is a fast-paced story of adventure and suspense, and Swanson's narration — while careful and precise — carries the tension well. He skillfully handles the voicing of the story's main female characters, Pima and Nita, without slipping into the narrative pitfalls of falsettos or needless breathiness. Bacigalupi's cast is vast and varied, but Swanson manages to keep the listener oriented through adept pitch and passable island dialects here and there.

This is a performance that draws the listener into the dark recesses of a rusted and starving world. Though marketed as Young Adult, there is plenty here for any lover of near-future dystopian literature to enjoy. —Christie Yant

Publisher's Summary

In America's Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota - and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it's worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

In this powerful novel, award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi delivers a thrilling, fast-paced adventure set in a vivid and raw, uncertain future.

©2010 Paolo Bacigalupi (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

"Narrator Joshua Swanson makes this harsh dystopian world all too believable. He adjusts the pacing to fit the intensity of the action and gives each character a voice that fits his or her personality. This is superb listening for teens—and adults too—even those who aren’t big fans of science fiction." (AudioFile)

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    Harvey Linda, US, Canada 11-01-11
    Harvey Linda, US, Canada 11-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    A good read, suspenseful, well narrated, riveting. My wife and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Highly recommend it!

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    Laura Bryant Florida 12-23-11
    Laura Bryant Florida 12-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    Would you try another book from Paolo Bacigalupi and/or Joshua Swanson?

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    What was most disappointing about Paolo Bacigalupi???s story?

    Like a lot of fantasy, the story was incredibly repetitive, making the same point over and over and not moving the story forward, either through action or character development.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Joshua Swanson?

    Anyone who didn't sound like they were an artificial voice. I get trying to make an odd futuristic idiom, but I couldn't stand to listen to this. I have never not finished an audio book; I didn't make it to the second download on this one.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharyn Hazen, AR, United States 08-04-11
    Sharyn Hazen, AR, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2007

    I am a nurse and also work for USDA-Nass part time. I raise toy & Miniature Australian Shepherds. Listen to audio books while I am driving.

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    "tough life strong will may make it better"

    This was a well written book. Had a hard time getting into it. Characters were good and well developed. Lots of emotion. Narrator did a good job. I was disappointed in the ending.
    I like the unusal and fantasy but this just wasn't a book I really liked.

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